The earth, unique among planets, is perfectly suited for life. Why is the earth a uniquely living planet? Why is there such a teeming abundance and variety of life on earth? Is it an accident, as promoters of Darwinism or similar theories would have you believe? Or is it planned and Is there a purpose behind it? If there is a purpose, what is it? Which offers the best explanation, the Bible’s revelation, or God defying human speculation?
Even those who know or think they know Jesus Christ have much more to learn. God’s word is the source that reveals who he is, and not only what he has done, but what he is doing and will do for the benefit of mankind.
When Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as President of the United States on March 4, 1861, seven states in the South had already declared their secession from the Union. Despite what you may have heard or read to the contrary, the reason for secession was the question of slavery. Lincoln stated it in his inaugural address: “One section of our country believes slavery is right, and ought to be extended, while the other believes it is wrong, and ought not to be extended. This is the only substantial dispute.”
While whether slavery should be extended or not was the immediate political issue of the moment, the contention actually went deeper. There were many abolitionists who felt that slavery such as it existed in the United States at the time was a moral wrong, an evil that should be not just limited but abolished. Many abolitionists had in fact supported the proposition in the 1840’s that states favoring the abolition of slavery should separate from the South (en.wikipedia.org, “Secession in the United States,” retrieved July 17, 2020).
There were two starkly different views, as Lincoln said, of right and wrong. Who is to decide what is right and wrong?